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a warm welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: fresh footage of the boys trapped in a flooded cave system in thailand. they're seen joking, smiling and in good health, but rescue could be weeks or months away. this is still a huge operation, with large numbers of people coming in to help an operation which has achieved a remarkable success, but still doesn't have an answer as to how they're going to get those boys out of the caves. poland's chief justice is refusing to step down, as a row over forced retirement hits the country's judiciary. and i'm olly foster in moscow at the world cup, where the quarterfinal line—up is now complete, england taking their place in the last eight with a penalty shootout win against colombia. and celebrating 100 years of the royal air force. the raf is preparing britain's biggest ever flypast. hello.
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rescuers in thailand have released new video of the boys‘s football tea m new video of the boys‘s football team trapped deep in the cave system. in this video, the boys introduced themselves by their nicknames and say they are in good health. there seem to be joking with the divers, who are staying with them until they can be bought out safely. they've now got food, medical supplies, and hope — but the 12 boys may have to stay there, possibly for months. to get out sooner, they'll have to be taught to scuba dive, and many of them can't swim. or they wait for floodwaters to drop. but with months of monsoon rains just about to start, there is concern levels could rise and threaten the air pocket where they've taken refuge. jonathan head has this report. there's a renewed sense
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of mission here now. for the first time in ten days, they know where the boys are and they know they're alive. a constant flow of divers moves in and out of the caves. they're stocking equipment and food supplies underground, preparing for what could be a long and difficult rescue. the boys were all members of a football team, coached by noppa rat ka nthawong. it was his assistant who went with them that day. translation: in my heart, all i could think about for the past nine days was "is there any way, is there anyone who can somehow get those guys out?" it fell to two british cave divers to find them. this extraordinary video captures the momentjohn volanthen and rick stanton saw the missing children perched on a muddy ledge above the water.
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they left them, promising more help. today, the children were visited by thai navy divers and had their first food and medical treatment. they're said to be in surprisingly good health. the two british men are among the world's most experienced and daring cave divers — a highly specialised field. in 2004, they made a record—breaking exploration of wookey hole in somerset, reaching new depths. their friend and photographer martyn farr talked about their achievement in thailand. do you know what? ifeel emotional about it now but then, "wow", you think "this is fantastic". those boys have had a hard nine, ten days underground,
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and now they've got the best guys there. sojohn and rick, you know, they are calm, they are very collected, they're very organised, extremely disciplined and consummate professionals. it's not clear yet how the boys can be brought out. the thai authorities are pumping as much water as they can from the caves, but more rain is on the way. dr will smith is an emergency doctor and also medical director of a search and rescue team. hejoins us from wyoming in the us. welcome, thanks very much for your time. what concerns about what the group faces at the moment? thank you for having me. sol group faces at the moment? thank you for having me. so i think a lot of things come to mind. the first is
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hypothermia, worrying about nutrition, and then is if there is any more raising water in the caves, certainly they could drown. any more raising water in the caves, certainly they could drownlj any more raising water in the caves, certainly they could drown. i guess in effect, they have been starved for almost two weeks, haven't they? how much other concern is nutrition apart from anything else? yeah, different people have different lengths of time. certainly people can last a of —— lengths of time. certainly people can las of of —— ‘weeks, but certainly “7?? {zn mill tfilliwh lli‘é‘fr couple of weeks, but certainly there is i lot of concern is a lot of concern without. illnesses might they face? certainly all of the normal illnesses, just being ina all of the normal illnesses, just being in a cramped quarters, potentially bad food, bad water. certainly any other pollution that is coming in through the rainwater coming from outside. we also sometimes worry about certain things like osmosis or leptospirosis, other things that can sometimes be in cave
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environment. what concerns would you have about lack of hygiene and the lack of sunlight i guess? the lack of vitamin d in things like that, but probably not in a large area. certainly making sure they are not having as much contamination with the vehicle, or contamination that you sometimes see limited environment. famously, one of the first guys to reach them said you a very strong, they clearly are. these are tough kids, they are not claustrophobic. they went in there fun, apparently had done it before. what would be your concerns about their mental and emotional condition? yeah, certainly a big concern there, probably within 12 to 24 concern there, probably within 12 to 2a hours, if not sooner, as soon as they went in, they would be in com plete they went in, they would be in complete darkness and just being able to survive. but i think potentially with their team camaraderie with the coach and keeping the kids's spirits up,
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people can do a lot of amazing thing. we're hearing that to thai navy divers have volunteered to stay with them if necessary the four month, a guess it is necessary to keep them as long as possible because no one wants to rush them out, that could be really, really dangerous. yes, it would be a very technical extraction and certainly the experts on scene have to make those tough decisions. it may seem a daft question that doesn't help that they are a team already?” daft question that doesn't help that they are a team already? i would think so, i mean certainly teams, at the spirit of team camaraderie and being able to work together i think should help them get through it. thank you very much indeed. great, thank you. confusion reigns at the highest levels of poland's judiciary. the chiefjustice has said she is going to defy a new law that requiresjudges to retire at 65, not 70. she says she'll be turning up for work as usual on wednesday.
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but the word from aides to the polish president is that the new law will come into force, and that a new chiefjustice has already been appointed. lebo diseko reports. this is the woman that poland will be watching on wednesday, malgorzata gersdorf, who was the head of the supreme court. she was supposed to step at midnight, in line with a new law cutting the retirement age for supreme courtjudges from 70 to 65. it means around a third of the country's judiciary could lose their jobs unless the president extends their terms. but professor gersdorf says she will defy the new legislation — which she called "a purge." translation: as far as my status is concerned, it has not changed after talks with the president. tomorrow, i'll come to work. i have a 6—year term in line with the constitution, and i have to act in accordance with the constitution. i have appointed judge jozef iwulski, the president of the chamber of labour
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and social security, to perform duties during my absence, because i intend to go on vacation. i think i deserve it. her supporters plan more protests like these for wednesday over what is the latest in a series of laws passed to increase control over the judiciary. the government says the changes will help fight corruption and improve efficiency, arguing the courts were never properly reformed after the end of communism. but there's also been criticism internationally. on monday, the european union launched legal action against poland's government, saying the law undermined judicial independence. and while it's not clear what will happen if and when professor gersdorf does turn up at work, what is clear is that she won't go quietly. lebo diseko, bbc news. let's round up some
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of the other news. malaysia's former prime minister, najib razak, who lost power in may, has arrived at court to be charged with corruption offences. he's expected to face more than ten counts of committing criminal breach of trust, linked to a former subsidiary of the state investment fund, imdb. the president—elect of mexico is to invite the pope to help bring peace to the country. at least 200,000 people have died in drug—related crime over the past decade. andres manuel lopez obrador was speaking just after his first meeting with the outgoing president, enrique pena nieto, since sunday's election. ajudge in brazil has sentenced the tycoon eike batista to 30 years in jail. thejudge said batista had paid $16 million in bribes to a former governor of rio state to secure lucrative contracts. he rejects the allegations. private emails sent and received by google mail users can sometimes be read by staff at third—party app developers. google managers insist only companies they've vetted
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can access messages, and only if users have "explicitly granted permission to access email". it is a year now since president trump pulled out of the paris climate agreement. but despite that, cities across the united states have stepped up their attempts to manage the impact of global warming. nada tawfik has this report from new york — one of the cities most vulnerable to climate change. the invading waters of jamaica bay have already altered life here in broad channel, and they may yet make this island unliveable before the end of the century. this is one of new york city's lowest lying neighbourhoods. it doesn't take much to flood these streets, just a high tide. this may look dramatic, but it's actually a regular occurrence here in broad channel, so much so that the city has had to raise several of the streets. so it's easy to see why new york is so concerned about rising sea levels.
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we can go out on the deck and you can see the marsh. barbara lives in the flood zone. new york has more residents in these high—risk areas than any other us city. it's a key reason why this island metropolis is still committed to the paris climate accord, even though the trump administration withdrew a year ago. is it a matter of belief or is it accepting what scientists have discovered and have documented? so i think trump's attitude is, is completely wrong. but the united states could still meet the paris commitment, thanks to the actions of cities. at this high school in queens, solar panels now help power the lights and computers. new york city has earmarked $1 billion to make buildings more energy efficient. when we started doing this, a0 cities came together and created the cities coalition for climate action, and today there's over 200 cities
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who are part of that. these are the largest places on earth, all working together, sharing the best ideas and lessons learned. downstairs in the classroom, these science students monitor how much energy the solar panels have saved. their studies have left them with a sense of urgency about tackling climate change. just being with my classmates, all of us now make jokes about turning off the lights because we want to save energy, stuff like that, just recycling everything. you become more conscious of it when it's something that you're working with. and when you're living with it every day, as the residents in broad channel must, then it's impossible not to imagine a future when your home will have to be surrendered to the water. stay with us on bbc world news. much more to come: including this: celebrating the royal air force's centenary. we're in one of the typhoons practising for next week's huge flypast over london. china marked its first day of rule
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in hong kong with a series of spectacular celebrations. a huge firework display was held in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly, that was cloned in a laboratory using a cell from another sheep. for the first time in 20 years, russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit, at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering a record that had stood for 34 years. and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. this is bbc world news.
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the latest headlines: fresh footage has been released of the boys trapped in a flooded cave system in thailand. they're seen to be joking, smiling and in good health, but rescue could be weeks or months away. pakistan will hold general elections later this month, amid concerns that the army is cracking down on press freedom in an effort to influence the result. the military denies interfering in politics but one of the country's oldest newspapers has seen its distribution severely disrupted. secunder kermani reports. it is sam and tens of thousands of newspapers are on their way from markets like this to homes and offices across pakistan. for over a month, though,
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the country's most established english—language paper dawn has been unofficially banned from a number of districts controlled by the pakistani military. it began when they published an interview with the former prime minister apparently criticising the army for interfering in politics and not doing more to tackle militant groups. many in pakistan believe that the problems being faced by dawn are part of a wider clampdown on press freedom ahead of elections. they say the country's military is trying to manipulate the results before the voting has even started. we had something like 650 complaints across the country of people who are not receiving dawn, despite their insistence, because their distributors want to deliver it but they are being physically obstructed by the military. hameed haroon is the ceo of dawn and also head of the all pakistan newspapers society. what is occurring, in fact, is the decapitation of a political
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class, of political leadership, on the eve of the elections. the media is required to be silent about it under the guise of national security. and as a consequence, we are being targeted because we don't believe that kind of silence is what this country is all about. last year, former prime minister nawaz sharif was disqualified from office. he's now on trial for corruption. sharif‘s supporters and many analysts say his rivals, the military, forced him from power using the courts as a cover. the army denies that, but the journalists and outlets being targeted are those critical of the military. earlier this year, geo news was taken off air in large parts of pakistan, reappearing after reportedly agreeing to change its editorial stance. at the dawn newspaper offices,
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they are still printing copies and still reporting as before. but with just over three weeks until the elections, many in pakistan are nervous about what lies ahead. secunder kermani, bbc news, islamabad. a convergent therapies have long been controversial. that the uk government is planning to ban them. this is in the wake of the survey that 2% of lgbtqi people have undergone the treatment and another 596 undergone the treatment and another 5% have considered it. —— of, been offered it. what's it like to be young and gay in the uk? george, rory, billy and louis all live in london. i got a friend to post on their facebook that i was gay and tell the whole school.
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it was a really weird way of doing it, just because i didn't want my family to find out. similarly, there were quite a lot of people in the school who were not receptive to it. how comfortable are you maybe holding hands with your boyfriend, girlfriend in public? i would not hold hands in somewhere like stratford in east london. i would if you were somewhere central, like soho. we do hold hands in public, and we were sitting next to each other and we were eating, and then we kissed, and this man ran up to us and he was talking about how we are going to hell, and he threw, like, a bible at us. i get it all the time, you're not really gay, but you're too feminine to be gay. why do you have long hair if you're gay? oh, can two girls with long hair date? it's ridiculous. the government has now announced a new action plan, including a ban on controversial gay conversion therapies and improvements to gender laws to make it easierfor trans people to change their identity. asad dunham is gay and muslim.
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he says that the government needs to do more to help people from all backgrounds. we still don't have marriage equality in northern ireland, for example, and also there isn't an understanding of certain minorities, for example, black, asian, minority ethnicities and then when you add on layers, i think the government really needs to understand what's going on. it's 2018... £4.5 million will be made available in england for the government's new action plan, but labour and other campaigners say it does not go far enough. imagine living your life, every single day, calculating how, calculating the disconnect between how you actually feel and how you need to present yourself to be safe. all of these positive changes have come in, but then it's much harder to change people's minds and people's hearts. now to the world cup. and england have gone through to the quarter—finals beating colombia 11—3 on penalties in a nailbiting finish. colombia scored a goal in the dying
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minutes of the game to equalise1—1 and drive the match into extra time, and then penalties. england will now play sweden in the quarter—finals. the swedes earlier beat switzerland by a 1—0. paul frostick reports. england's captain has been a shining star so far england's captain has been a shining starso far in england's captain has been a shining star so far in russia. and against colombia in the last 16, harry kane was to prove his worth once again. a feisty ill tempered match saw the referee repeatedly going into his pocket for the yellow card. england dominated and after the break, harry can's worked great that the penalty, wrestled down by carlos sanchez. he slotted in his sixth goal at the cup. it was a lead that was kept co mforta ble cup. it was a lead that was kept comfortable until injury time when this was headed in for a germanic equaliser. it remained 1—1 in extra time, so it was a last 16 penalty
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shootout. when columbia's carlos backer had this saved by ara pickard, it was up to penalties, survey which has a limited so because it made it tournaments. swede dreams are made of this. in forsberg struck this decisive blow midway through the second half. a 1-0 midway through the second half. a 1—0 draw over switzerland takes them through to the final for the first time since 1994 and the meeting with england. the royal airforce officially celebrates its centenary next week, with a service at westminster abbey and a huge flypast over buckingham palace. a hundred aircraft willjoin the biggest display ever seen over the capital. their final rehearsal was on tuesday in the skies over lincolnshire in eastern england. the bbc‘s sophie raworth joined them. they've been planning this for months.
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today raf cranwell in lincolnshire stood in for buckingham palace as some of the aircraft taking part in the fly—past next tuesday carried out their final preparations. all right, g—pads on... the biggest formation will be the typhoons. 22 fastjet pilots will be taking to the skies and they took me along as they practised. well, this has never been done before. we've never put this many typhoons into the same piece of sky, especially not for a fly—past over london. we're really excited about it. we've practised this for a long time, prepared, the plans are all in place. the typhoons will be one element of this huge fly—past, but theirjob will be one of the trickiest to accomplish. precision and timing will be everything. to keep their formation a surprise, we headed out over the north sea. as these jets roar over buckingham palace, the royal family will be watching from the balcony.
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the mall will be packed with thousands of people there to see dozens of aircraft spanning much of the raf‘s history. if they can pull it off, it will be quite a sight. that was extraordinary, being up there with so many typhoons. have you ever seen anything like it? never in 27 years of serving in her majesty's royal air force, i've never flown in a formation that big before. but on the day, station commander mike balkwill will not be flying a typhoon. he has chosen history over speed, opting to fly one of the last world war two hurricanes. it is old—school navigation. there is no gps. it's a map and stopwatch, so it's full—on, but it will be good fun. they will be flying wing to wing with spitfires, a lancaster and a dakota in what will be the raf centrepiece for its cenetenary year. the biggest fly past london has ever seen.
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very down—to—earth and below it, a reminder of our top story. rescuers in thailand have released this video of eight children's football team trapped in a cave underground. the boys introduce themselves by their nicknames and say they are in good health. they are wrapped in emergency blankets and joking with divers that have volunteered to stay with them until they are rescued safely. it turns out that could be months, possibly until october and the monsoon rains arrive. the great concern is to keep the boys and their coach as healthy as possible so their coach as healthy as possible so they do not have to be rushed out. because that could be really dangerous. much more on all the news on the bbc website. thank you for watching. hello there. the weather story across the uk of late has been pretty dull and boring — we had to go
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to the football for some excitement, haven't we? in fact, yesterday, hardly a cloud in the sky again actoss much of the country, as depicted by north wales, but some subtle differences as we go through the day today. there'll be a little more cloud around for many of us and there may even be a chance of a shower. why? well, the high pressure isjust weakening its grip a little and it's allowing this plume of showery rain to push up from the south—west. they'll be very hit and miss and not everywhere will see them, but there is a risk of a few of those, and at the same time the north—easterly breeze will drag in more cloud across northern england and eastern england throughout the day. so here, that could just have an effect of this feel of the temperature, but let's take a look at these showers in a little more detail, circulating around that south—west area, but we might see one or two just pushing up into southern england as well. so that could be pretty tricky if you are heading off to wimbledon. there is a small chance — only a very small chance — of catching a shower
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but it is certainly worth bearing in mind. i suspect there will be a little more cloud around and that, for some of you, may come as welcome news. so this is sw19 with cloudy skies overhead. just an outside chance of a shower, perhaps this is over—reading it a little bit. you really will be unlucky if you do catch one, but it's worth bearing in mind, particularly in comparison to the weather that we've seen of late. but in terms of the feel of things, despite a little more cloud and the risk of a shower, temperatures are still slightly above the average for the time of year, with 21—24 degrees. now, look at this as we move out of wednesday into thursday, we have got a weather front showing its hand in the far north—west. now, this will be interesting — not much in the way of rain on it but it is going to introduce a wind direction from a north—westerly and behind it, something a little bit fresher. so certainly on thursday, more cloud for northern ireland and for much of scotland,
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and a noticeable difference here to the feel of the weather. further south and east, we've still got that warmth and we lose the risk of few showers so temperatures are going to respond again back up to 29 degrees, as opposed to 15 or 19 degrees in the far north—west. now that weather front will drift out of the way and then high pressure building again from the south—west so things are going to quieten down as we move towards the weekend and if you do not believe me, let's have a look at the weekend story. friday and saturday, temperatures building and the sunshine set to return, highs of 29—30. take care. this is bbc world news. the headlines: fresh footage has been released of 12 boys trapped with their coach in a flooded cave in thailand. they are seen a flooded cave in thailand. they are seen joking, a flooded cave in thailand. they are seenjoking, smiling, in good health. they have received the first food and medical supplies since their ordeal began ten days ago but with monsoon rains evident, i have to stay put for months. the thai military says it will not risk their
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safety with a hasty evacuation through flooded tunnels. paul and chiefjustice has insisted she will define a new war requiring just up —— judges retire at 65 and not 70. she says she will to work as usual. england are through to the world cup quarter—finals for the first time since 2006, beating colombia 4—3 on penalties. they face sweden on sunday who defeated switzerland 1—0. now on bbc news, the second world war is still controversial in east asia, even as it falls from living memory.
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